As a former Premier League side and a club with promotion aspirations, Stoke have invested in recent years and are carrying a substantial wage bill.


They are hopeful of moving on Jack Butland today with Crystal Palace said to be close to working out a deal to sign the English goalkeeper.



Butland’s departure is likely to trigger the arrival of a new goalkeeper, with Stoke interested in landing Southampton’s Angus Gunn on a season-long loan.


But that is likely to be the extent of Stoke’s incomings today and the club are working on lowering their wage bill.



The Potters could try to move on a few more of their fringe players before the transfer window slams shut in little over five hours’ time.


Stoke are keen to offload more wages off their books as they look to reshape their wage bill.



Butland’s departure is likely to have an effect on their wage bill, if he seals an exit.